Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills

by Fred C. Fussell, Steve Kruger
Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills

by Fred C. Fussell, Steve Kruger

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The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are performed and celebrated as nowhere else in America. This guide puts readers on the trail to discover many sites where the unique musical legacy thrives, covering bluegrass and stringband music, clogging, and other traditional forms of music and dance. The book includes stories of the legendary music of the Blue Ridge Mountains, maps, and contact information for the featured sites, as well as color illustrations and profiles of prominent musicians and music traditions. Chapters are organized county by county, and sidebars include interviews with and profiles of performers, information about various performance styles, and a brief history of Blue Ridge music.

The updated second edition adds three new music venues, along with updated information on the almost sixty music sites in Western North Carolina profiled in the previous edition. Also included are new full-color photos, two new artist profiles, and a CD of twenty-six classic songs from the mountains and the foothills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469641478
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 27 MB
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About the Author

Fred C. Fussell is a writer, curator, artist, and documentary photographer whose work focuses on the traditional folk culture of the American South. Steve Kruger is a folklorist and Appalachian musician who lives in Pembroke, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface: Entering the Circle xiii

How to Use the Guidebook xvii

Traditional Music in Western North Carolina Wayne Martin 1

Region 1 Sprout Wings and Fly 23

Region 1 at a Glance 27

Surry County 28

Stokes County 38

Rockingham County 43

Yadkin County 52

Region 2 Feed Me on Cornbread and Beans 53

Region 2 at a Glance 54

Caldwell County 57

Wilkes County 66

Alleghany County 90

Ashe County 95

Watauga County 103

Region 3 It Strikes with Terror in My Heart 113

Region 3 at a Glance 120

Mitchell County 120

Avery County 125

McDowell County 128

Yancey County 130

Region 4 Asheville Junction 135

Region 4 at a Glance 138

Buncombe County 140

Madison County 148

Henderson County 156

Transylvania County 759

Region 5 The Flint Hill Special 167

Region 5 at a Glance 171

Cleveland County 172

Burke County 177

Rutherford County 184

Polk County 187

Region 6 Walking the King's Highway 195

Region 6 at a Glance 195

Haywood County 200

Swain County 213

Graham County 214

Cherokee County 223

Clay County 228

Macon County 230

Jackson County 233


Back-Step: Keep It Fresh and Keep It Alive 39

Kinney Rorrer 47

Glenn Bolick: Sawmill Man 63

Clyde Ferguson Jr.: God Gave Me the Love of Music 67

Uwe Krüger: Not a Stranger Anymore 73

Herb Key: I Didn't Think Anybody Could Build a Guitar 81

Christine Horton: I Have Many Regrets 88

Dorothy Hess 102

Bobby McMillon 222

Donna Ray Norton: I'm Proud of Where I Came From 146

Sheila Kay Adams: She Appointed Me 154

Etta Baiter: A Wonderful Life 180

Joe Sam Queen 203

Travis and Trevor Stuart 209

Alfred and Maybelle Welch: Music Has Always Been a Part of Our Life 220

Jan Davidson: I Really Wanted to Get a Banjo 226


Connect on the Blue Ridge Music Website xix

Region 1: The Place 26

Mayberry USA 31

Blue Ridge Music on the Air 33

Western North Carolina Radio Stations that Play Traditional Blue Ridge Music 34

A Tribute to Ralph Epperson, by Paul Brown 35

Foothills Hayride 43

Fiddlers' Conventions in Western North Carolina 50

Region 2: The Place 56

The Molasses Festival at Sims Bar-B-Que 60

Americana Music 71

The Legend of Tom Dooley 77

Story of a Song: Otto Wood the Bandit 86

Bluegrass Trailblazers of the Blue Ridge 92

Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) Program 94

"The Farmer Is the One Who Feeds Them All": A Word on Farmers Markets 105

Doc Watson: A Tribute 108

The Mountain Banjo 111

The Ballad of Frankie Silver (as sung by Bobby McMillon, December 1, 1999) 117

Silver Family Museum 119

Region 3: The Place 121

Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway 127

Region 4: The Place 139

Excerpt from "Mountain Dance and Folk Festival: A Living Tradition" Loyal Jones 142

Story of a Song: The Swannanoa Tunnel 144

Hot Springs 152

Religious Folk Song Traditions in the Blue Ridge 158

Jam Protocol 161

National Forests in the North Carolina Blue Ridge 164

Region 5: The Place 170

George Shuffler: Bluegrass Pioneer 178

Banjos and Blues 182

Dewitt "Snuffy" Jenkins 185

WNCW: Continuing Carolina's Radio Legacy 189

Nina Simone's Polk County Roots 192

Region 6: The Place 199

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 214

Manco Sneed and Cherokee Fiddling 218

John Romulus Brinkley: Goat Gland Doctor and Border Radio Pioneer 235

A Note about the Blue Ridge Music Trails Project 237

A Note about the Traditional Artist Directory 235

Acknowledgments 239

Index 243

CD Notes 271

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Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" is an exciting guide to the rich treasure trove of traditional music to be found in North Carolina.—David Holt, Grammy-award-winning musician and storyteller

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